Government of Canada provides $407,750 to G(irls)20 to help young women across Canada enhance leadership skills

Honourable Maryam Monsef,

August 17, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Status of Women Canada

All of Canada benefits when women and girls have the opportunity to reach their full potential. That’s why today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced a project in Toronto to help young women further develop and use valuable leadership skills.

G(irls)20 is receiving $407,750 in Government of Canada funding for a 36-month project to provide young women aged 18-25 with meaningful leadership opportunities across Canada by connecting participants with boards of community organizations. Each participant will collaborate with the organization in reviewing a particular policy or program through a gender-based analysis (GBA) lens in order to enhance the use of GBA throughout the organization. As part of the project, volunteer boards and organizations will be engaged to consider gender equality when making decisions about their policies and programs. A pool of organizations interested in improving their board diversity will also be created, and best practices will be shared widely among volunteer organizations.



“We know that empowering and inspiring women leaders is essential to the sustainability and success of the gender equality movement, not just for Canada but for the global community.  That’s why the federal government is proud to partner with G(irls)20 on this exciting project, which will help develop future leaders across Canada while also supporting community organizations to embrace gender-based analysis.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“We welcome the Government of Canada’s support for this initiative. It is going to make a big difference by allowing young women to gain and use the leadership skills that they need to create their own futures, and continue to develop as valued community leaders.”

Heather Barnabe
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Quick Facts

  • G(irls)20 is a Canadian-based globally active social enterprise that cultivates a new generation of female leaders through education, entrepreneurial training, leadership, and global experiences.
  • Through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada, projects are selected to address systemic barriers to the full participation of women in all aspects of Canadian life. Projects focus on one of three priorities: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women in leadership and decision-making roles; and, ending violence against women and girls.

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